NEW DELHI: Seeking to up the ante against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the BJP on Tuesday charged the minority cell of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) with spearheading communal
riots in certain regions of the State.
The BJP will also reach out to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), while a Parliamentary party delegation will go to Howrah for an on-the-spot assessment of communal violence.
BJP national secretary Sidharth Nath Singh asked Banerjee to break her “silence” on communal violence at Dhulagarh area in the State.
“The minority wing leaders of TMC led by Lok Sabha MP Idris Ali are targeting Hindus. The TMC is
unleashing violence especially in six districts where the BJP graph has shown growth in the recent times,” said Singh, while adding that the State unit of the party has also been asked to move the human rights panel.
The BJP leader claimed that “Hindus are being targeted by the minority wing of the TMC for over six days in Dhulagarh in Howrah district. You (Mamata) have not said anything. She must break her silence,” while adding that 100 such communal incidents have happened since the Trinamool came back to power this year.
The BJP leader alleged that a fatwa was issued by Shahi Imam of Kolkata’s Tipu Sultan Masjid Syed Mohammad Nurur Rahman Barkati against State BJP chief Dilip Ghosh. “TMC’s minority wing head Idris
Ali was with the Imam. The Imam moves around in the State in an unauthorised beacon car. This is a glowing example of her minority appeasement politics,” added Singh.
The BJP leader also stated that while Banerjee addresses meetings in Delhi, Patna and Lucknow against demonetisation, she has kept quiet on the communal violence in her State. Referring to incidents of artists and writers returning their awards over the “intolerance” issue, the BJP leader asked intellectuals to speak up against communal violence in Bengal.